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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What Happens When I Lust After a Jacket on TV on: June 28, 2016 06:29:16 AM
Nope, didn't do a thing with the length. The hanger in the before picture was plastic and bent, so it made the jacket look pretty frumpy. All I did was hang it a little neater in the second picture. Smiley

I think this is great, but the dyed jacket looks significantly shorter. I even counted buttons! Did you shorten it?

It's amazing how a small change can do drastically modify something! The new purple denim is suuuuuper cute! Well done!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What Happens When I Lust After a Jacket on TV on: June 26, 2016 02:09:12 PM
Lately as I watch "The Big Bang Theory," I find myself almost coveting the purple jacket that Amy Farrah Fowler wears. I love purple. I don't think Amy's jacket is denim, but it's definitely cotton.

I realized a few days ago that I have an older men's Levi denim jacket upstairs in our attic closet. My husband bought it years ago, and I never understood why. He swore up and down he'd wear it. In the entire time I've known my husband, I've never once seen him wear a denim jacket. I told him he wouldn't wear it, and that I was going to steal it for myself.



Guess who ended up with a nice jacket?

I've worn it quite a bit over the years and just put it away two years ago to trade it out for a jacket my husband did buy me. And had forgotten all about it until I was watching TBBT again a few weeks ago and saw this lovely purple jacket of Amy's.

I love men's jackets because of how roomy they are and they always have plenty of pockets. There's even two pockets on the inside, made from wisely sewing the pocket flaps back. I'd like to point out that even as a kid, with the girl's denim jacket I had, I actually managed to do this with my own jacket, creating more pockets myself.

I picked up a packet of Rit purple dye from Joann Fabric on Thursday and dyed it finally.



Look at it, in all it's purple glory! Look how well it took the color!! I dare say this might be a better jacket than the one worn by my favorite neuroscientist. Smiley I got a "new" jacket for just the cost of the dye, which I had a coupon for, too. Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Very Own TARDIS on: February 04, 2016 06:01:00 PM
Now aren't you glad you didn't just buy one? Cheesy

OMG, YES!!!! Smiley And if anyone asks, my chameleon circuit is acting up a little bit.  Roll Eyes
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Owl Lamp Repaint on: February 04, 2016 04:02:26 PM
 Shocked WOW! That owl turned out super pretty! I saw those lamps just the other day at Wal-Mart and thought they were pretty underwhelming. Your paint job really makes it just POP!

***ROCKS***
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Very Own TARDIS on: February 04, 2016 03:54:25 PM
Well over a year ago, while doing some Christmas shopping for the 2014 season, we ended up at a store called At Home. There was a lot of interesting things there but I didn't end up buying anything. However, they did have two different sized TARDIS cabinets that I realllllllllly wanted. (They don't show them on their website so, I don't know if they still carry them in store.)

I talked myself out of either of them, because I need more furniture like I need a hole in the head. But the thought of those lovely blue cabinets never left me. Fast forward to about a one month ago. I decided it was time to transform a small cabinet I already had into a version of the TARDIS. (This whole refinishing furniture really caught me hard, didn't it?)

I spent about $28.50 on this refinish.



This is what I started with. I don't believe this is solid wood, but rather some kind of compressed sawdust kind of thing, mixed with something else. It doesn't feel like pure wood. I've had it since probably 2005, if not longer. It was something my mom bought for me at Hancock Fabrics. I always thought it was fairly homely but it's function was too good. It's been where I've stashed my paints and PS2 games in the past.

I primed it on Christmas eve afternoon. It was a really nice day here in Virginia. I was sitting outside in our driveway with a long sleeved t-shirt on.



I used 1 1/2 cans of Rustoleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover.



Sorry for the potato here. I removed the top (unneeded) drawer pull and filled the hole with wood filler. I found the windows, St. John's ambulance, police box signs and public sign on various websites, printed them to fit, and then decoupaged them on with some Modge Podge. The window trim is actually automobile pin-striping tape from Pep Boys.



I liked how the front door of the cabinet had that faux trim and recessed area on it, so I tried to recreate a version of it on the sides. these are $1 wood frames from AC Moore, with thin wood trim, from Michael's, mitered and added to the sides. I thought about adding some simple Home Depot stock furniture legs to it, to raise it up a little bit and give it more of a weight in my room, but I decided against it. I thought it would take away from that perfect "base" it already sits on.

I also tried my hand at some distressing/weathering painting all around the TARDIS. I bought some craft paint in lighter and darker shades of blue. My TARDIS is well-traveled. It's been through a lot.


6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / May the Floss be with you! on: February 03, 2016 07:47:08 PM
Just when I think I can't get any more nerdy...awhile back, I did a swap (I've since forgotten the theme) where I embroidered a hoop of  Bo and Daisy Duke for my partner. I got to thinking that I should do something like that for myself, so I give you...Kit Fisto!!



I found Kit's image by searching Yahoo for Star Wars coloring pages. The fabric is some muslin type that I got from AC Moore, along with the embroidery thread.

I used my front door's glass as a projector on a sunny day, taped the picture and the fabric up to it, and traced the image on with a pencil. It's roughly 8.5" x 10".

I love Kit because I thought he was such an interesting character. visually speaking.
 
My next planned embroidery project will be of William Shatner as Captain Kirk. I think once I get enough of these, I might have to turn them into a blanket of some kind.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I Made A Crochet Hook! on: December 20, 2015 08:07:50 PM
I recently saw an article about a woman who knits with her arms instead of knitting needles. I thought it was very interesting and wondered if I could use my right arm as a big ol'crochet hook. I haven't tried it yet, but then that got me thinking about making a crochet hook.

I looked around online and came across Jimbo's Front Porch (http://jimbosfrontporch.blogspot.com/2006/08/hook-in-progress-gone-to-crick-be-back.html) and his tute for making a crochet hook. Clearly, Jimbo is an experienced whittler, while I'm lucky to not slice off my fingertip when making supper. However, I decided to try it anyway.


Pen for scale, of course!

This is what I started with: a couple of sticks from my front yard. I believe the shorter stick was maple and the longer one was oak. I wanted to have a back up stick, in case one didn't work out, and I was glad to have thought of that. I left them to dry out on my front step for a couple of days.

After I got the bark off, the maple stick was extremely uneven, because the bark had been uneven. After I tossed that one out, I got to work on the oak stick.

I sanded the oak stick with a hand held "mouse" type of sander, with some coarse sandpaper. I don't remember the grit off hand, and I can't go out to the garage to look it up because that part of the garage is off limits to me until after Christmas, per a standing "order" from my husband.

Anyhoo, I sanded off the outer layer of bark instead of using a knife to cut it off, as I did with the maple. This bark was thinner and more brittle, and was probably out in the elements longer. Maybe that's why it was easier to work with. Who knows...I'm not very knowledgeable about wood.

I actually used a box cutter to notch out the hooked end (the "throat" of the hook). This is where I really should have hurt myself, but because I was working slowly, I was fine.

I used a damp paper towel to wipe away the sawdust, and left it to dry overnight in the kitchen. The next night, I sprayed on a couple coats of a clear semi-gloss poly. The instructions on the can said to sand it one more time and then re-coat. So, I hand handed it first and then used a big heavy, workbench-mounted sander in our garage to finish it off.

When everything was done, it was a really pretty blonde wood, very evenly colored. But I wanted to somehow seal it and make it more slick to the touch. I found the stain I used for my bench awhile back (red oak) and rubbed on one layer of it. The wood dramatically changed color, but in a way that didn't make any sense to me. It came out spotted. It didn't matter but I thought it was interesting.

I finished it off with a couple more coats of the semi-gloss poly and now I have a very rustic homemade crochet hook!


This is now the largest crochet hook I own. It's 12 3/4" long. I don't know the size of it, but I do know it's bigger than a Q sized hook.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tacky Krampus Sweater for Him! on: December 17, 2015 07:07:49 PM
That is ridiculously cool! It looks like a knit pattern but you basically cross stitched it! Smiley Rock on with your Krampus self! Smiley
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snoopy and His Christmas House on: December 17, 2015 07:05:45 PM
We moved into our house 12 years ago. I think it was our first or second Christmas here in the neighborhood that we went out driving to look at the lights and were inspired.

There was a neighborhood close by that had lines of cars waiting to get into it, and it was all to just look at the Christmas lights there. One little area in particular stood out to us. It was a cul de sac that backed up to the interstate and there were two houses there facing the road at angles. Since then, the city put up a sound wall-barrier-thing, so you can't see the houses from the interstate anymore.

The house on the right had the typical Nativity scene, a whole bunch of lights, and a long series of almost all of the Peanuts characters. I think all of the Peanuts "kids" must have been handmade. The characters looked a little "off," but the whole display was pretty striking. I looked at my husband and said, "Shit, we're creative people. We could make that and have it turn out better than that!" He agreed.

So that's how our Snoopy and his house were "born."



 We got some wood from Home Depot, and after some online image searches, I started drawing. My husband had the hard work of cutting everything out. They were primed and given quick blasts of white spray paint. Everything else was craft paint.

Snoopy and his bowl of bones from Santa actually have pieces of 2"x4" on the back, to keep the wood from warping outside in the elements, plus wedges of wood attached to the "kickstand." On windy days, the kickstand isn't enough to keep them standing, so I can drive the wedge into the dirt for added support.

Snoopy and his box of ornaments (no kickstand here, just a 90 degree piece of wood on the back) have each been repainted once. For some reason, the bowl of bones have been just fine.



I realized a few days ago, that I need to repaint the red part of Snoopy's house again. That will be repaint #3. That's also the second set of lights' I've been through on his house, and I need to look for a new dome light for the house. I had one here, but I must have lost it during an attic cleaning frenzy during the off season. The house also has 2"x4"s on the back, as well as the kickstands and wedges.

Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking this through when we made the house...it's so big that I can't get it up into or out of the attic here by myself. It's about 4' tall and wide.

We went driving through that same neighborhood again tonight. There's less lights there, and the house where the Peanuts kids were on display was almost completely dark on the cul de sac side. I'm guessing the people who really did up their houses no longer live there. And in return, we have more lights in our neighborhood this year, because of new people living here.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Made a new Christmas wreath on: November 05, 2015 04:12:38 PM
Thanks so much for the comments. I used to work at AC Moore as a floral designer (among other places, as well). Wreaths are my favorite things to make. Smiley Especially non-traditional ones.
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